The combination of active learning classroom review of Arctic marine environment and ice navigation principles with realistic ship simulator exercises provides for reliable retention of nautical knowledge and skills. The Alaska Maritime Training Center in Seward, Alaska (AVTEC), has developed an intensive curriculum of 15 days duration that satisfies current IMO/STCW and DNV recommended criteria for training watch-keeping officers to navigate and command ships in ice-covered waters and other severe high-latitude conditions. The performance in ice of a range of vessels sizes and types are simulated consistent with ships anticipated to encounter ice in Alaskan waters.

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